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Woman arrested in attack on North Carolina sheriff’s deputy
STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A woman has been arrested and charged with attacking a sheriff’s deputy who was working as a security officer at a North Carolina hospital.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that an “unruly patient” at the Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville had been taking items out of cabinets in the emergency room Sunday night and threatened to kill everyone.
The sheriff’s office said an officer suffered a cut on his hand when 63-year-old Yvonne Louise Fuller of Statesville hit him with a bottle.
Deputies have charged Fuller with assaulting and injuring a law enforcement officer, attacking a government official, disorderly conduct, resisting police and communicating threats.
Fuller also was arrested by Statesville police on some outstanding warrants. There was no record of an attorney for Fuller.
South Carolina city hopes to keep Panthers training camp
(Information from: Herald-Journal, http://www.goupstate.com/)
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) – A South Carolina city hopes to keep the Carolina Panthers summer training camp, even though the team has a new owner.
The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reported city leaders are worried since former Spartanburg resident Jerry Richardson sold the team. The camp has been held at Richardson’s alma mater at Wofford College since the team’s first season in 1995.
The team’s contract with Wofford expires after next summer.
Panthers’ officials would not talk about the camp’s future. New owner David Tepper has said the team plans to build new practice facilities.
Richardson’s sale of the team came after reports that at least four former team employees received financial statements related to his inappropriate workplace behavior and comments.
Spartanburg officials say nearly 363,000 fans have visited the camp since 2014.
Author of Emmett Till book gave FBI interview recordings
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – A North Carolina author who wrote about the brutal slaying of Emmett Till says FBI agents called him not long after its 2017 publication to ask about his interview with a key witness who acknowledged lying.
Timothy Tyson told reporters Thursday that he turned over interview recordings and other research materials.
Tyson’s 2017 book “The Blood of Emmett Till” quotes a white woman, Carolyn Donham, as saying during a 2008 interview that she wasn’t truthful when she testified that the black teen made sexual advances at a Mississippi store six decades ago.
A federal official familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Thursday that information in the 2017 book was what led federal investigators to re-examine the case. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity.
Man jailed in 76-year-old N Carolina man’s hit-and-run death
BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) – An arrest has been made more than two weeks after the hit-and-run death of a 76-year-old North Carolina man.
Citing a Burlington police release, news outlets report 40-year-old Johnny Ray Sowell was arrested Tuesday in the June 26 death of James Basili Hhando. The North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Hhando’s death was caused by the crash.
Burlington police released requests for witnesses to the crash and used area surveillance cameras to help identify suspects and vehicles.
Sowell is charged with felony hit-and-run and felony obstruction of justice. The Greensboro man is being held on $10,000 bail.
It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.
North Carolina woman accused in wreck that injured toddler
THOMASVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police have filed multiple charges against a woman accused of driving while impaired and injuring a toddler and another motorist.
Thomasville police told news outlets 37-year-old Kelly Michelle Lambert was driving a car that crossed the center line on June 27 and hit a pickup truck head-on. Investigators said a 3-year-old boy in Lambert’s car was neither wearing a seatbelt nor properly restrained.
Sgt. John Elgin said the child was hospitalized in stable condition Thursday. He said the other motorist, 73-year-old Steven Odell Davis of Archdale, was hospitalized but has since been released.
Charges filed against Lambert include assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, child abuse and driving with a suspended license. She’s jailed on a $250,000 bond and it’s not known if she has an attorney.
Democrat’s election challenge to NC Sen. Berger restored
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Republican who is arguably North Carolina’s most powerful politician could be facing a Democratic challenger in November after all.
The state elections board on Thursday decided that Democrat Jen Mangrum did enough to establish her permanent residence in the Senate district now represented by Republican Phil Berger. The decision reverses a local elections panel’s decision that disqualified Mangrum as ineligible.
The state elections board divided along party lines, with an unaffiliated member selected by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper casting the deciding vote.
Berger also is expected to face Libertarian R. Michael Jordan for the District 30 Senate seat representing Rockingham and northwestern Guilford counties.
Cruise line to create up to 200 jobs in North Carolina
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Economic developers in North Carolina say Norwegian Cruise Lines is creating a work-from-home agent cluster which could create as many as 200 full-time jobs.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports agents, who will work in the Triad area, will serve in entry-level positions and will be the first point of contact for guests and travel agents looking to arrange vacations on the cruise line. It is the first time Norwegian Cruise Line has expanded its at-home agent program outside of Arizona and Florida.
According to the cruise line, the initial hiring goal is between 30 and 45, which it said will comprise a pilot group for a four-week training period that ends in August.
The hiring process is expected to begin next Wednesday and is expected to take up to 18 months.
TOKEN GASOLINE THEFT
Police: Customer used game tokens to buy gasoline
(Information from: The Hickory Daily Record, http://www.hickoryrecord.com)
HICKORY, N.C. (AP) – It was a token gesture, but it only served to fuel frustration for a North Carolina store clerk.
The Hickory Daily Record reports police said employees at a convenience store discovered two rolls of quarters used to buy gasoline actually turned out to be rolls of game tokens. A news release from the Hickory Police Department said the tokens were taken from a local arcade.
Capt. Bryan Adams said the unidentified woman who made the fake payment had left the property by the time the coins were discovered. Adams said the woman is a frequent customer at the store.
The incident occurred Tuesday, and police say the woman will be charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense when she is apprehended.